John M. Bozeman and Thomas Cover left Bozeman April
17, on horseback, a packhorse carrying bedding and
provisions, for Fort C. F. Smith, to see about an order
for flour, for the Cover and McAdow Mill in Bozeman.
They spent the night at the Story and McKenzie Ranch
where Livingston is located. While camped on Mission
Creek for lunch the next day, with their horses
picketed, four Blackfeet Indians, supposed to be
friendly, visited the camp, shot and killed John M.
Bozeman, slightly injured Tom Cover, and stole the
horses and most of the supplies. Cover wrapped Bozeman
in a blanket, walked to the Story and McKenzie Ranch,
got a horse and rode to Bozeman, reporting his
John Alderson, D. E. Rouse, and John
Baptiste left to bring the body back, but found the
roads so bad they buried John Bozeman's body where he
was killed, and three years later, the body was brought
to Bozeman, a coffin was made by W. J. Beall and A. D.
McPherson, and burial was made in the local cemetery, a
monument being erected later by Nelson Story.